Yoga and Meditation
Yoga Virya: Energy for Positive Life
Yoga is the union of PHYSICAL and MENTAL HEALTH.
Live a balanced life with physical wellness and mental calming.
Reduce stress by recognizing the problems, take action to solve the problems one step at a time.
Yoga involves combination movements and breathing techniques that help improve mental focus, balance, strength, flexibility.
- Body movements that involves stretching all body areas from head to toes
- Balancing while stretching all areas
- Close-chain vs open chain stretches
- Challenging postures to help you improve
- Changing perspectives and out of the box thinking
- Get into positions that you wouldn't imagine you can do, yet see it happen with practice
- Flexibility/ Balance/ Strength building
Many breathing techniques help different aspects of body functions:
- Improve lung capacity/ oxygenation
- Pelvic floor strengthening
- Core control
- COPD- Breathing problems
- Helping digestion
- Voiding- Bowels and bladder voiding/ organ motility
- Rib cage mobility
- Spinal mobility
- Postural alignment
Incorporating yoga practice serves many needs and patient population:
- Calming and focusing
- Cancer Survivors
- Chronic Pain
- COPD/ Breathing
- Feet Hands strength motor control
- Graceful Aging
- Moms/ Pregnancy/Menstruation
- Pelvic Health/ Incontinence
- Special Needs Population
- Spinal Injuries/ Kyphoscoliosis/ Scoliosis
- Variations in body types and shapes
- Weight training
Yoga for Down's Syndrome
Yoga for Kids
Meditation: Clarifying Priorities
- What do we want vs what we really need
- Looking at life in a different, objective view
- Reducing personal anger and misgivings
- Reducing anger reflexes, anxiety
- Reduce emotional attachment to unnecessary things or persons
- Improve Personal confidence
- Learn "No regrets"
- Non-judgmental regarding yourself and others
- Calming/ Peaceful interactions
- Mindfulness- paying attention, improving memory
- Helping kids and adults focus, prioritize
- Interconnecting muscles, sensory, and movements, with mental focus
Many Meditation techniques:
- I ask for forgiveness from others
- I forgive others
- I forgive myself
- Sending good will and peace:
- To myself
- To people in my household/ office/ this meeting
- To those around us: restaurant staff, patrons
- To neighbors
- To teachers/ classmates/ friends
- People in my community/ Every being in this city
- My fellow country women and men
- To others around the world
- Imagine tranquil places, images
- Imagine flower blooming, dot becoming larger
- Colors getting softer or stronger/ Changing colors
- Body sensations:
- Locating each part of the body and how each area feels
- Contract/ Relax each body area
- Observing breath
- Emotions and thoughts:
- Observe breath
- Acknowledge when thoughts are racing, come back to breath observation
- Observing emotions, go back to breath
- Observing pain/ itching/ feeling on skin
- Slows down reaction to senses/anger- keep self in check
- Moving Meditation:
- While eating, walking, sitting, driving
- Walking: observe steps, pressure each foot
- Eating: How many chews, jaw moves R/L, tongue, swallowing
- While working/ driving: Ergonomics, body alignments
- Sports body movements
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